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At 9:51pm on April 27, 2014, teena bush said…
hi I am eastleigh near the airport
At 1:11am on March 22, 2013, Bev Jeffery said…

Hi Dawn

Best wishes for a Happy Birthday.  :o)

At 1:01am on November 28, 2010, Lynn Blake said…
Hi Dawn, lovely to be back in touch. I confess I do have time just at the minute, but will be busy with decorating again very soon! At the moment Graham is finishing off the guttering and drainage of the conservatory (which will be more like a utility room with storage/fridge/freezer etc in it), then I'll be out with the paintbrushes again. Your knitting is fantastic, all of it, but I love your teddies! I've bought a garage this week too, so will be working on that later. I've been finishing off a load of hats for another charity. Are you ready for Xmas? Love Lynn
At 11:46pm on November 24, 2010, Lynn Blake said…
Hi again Dawn, I hope you are well? Yes we are in the bungalow, which is why I lost contact with everyone and everything, I changed my service provider and had to re-register with KAS. We are still building though, have put on a porch at the front of the place and currently putting a biggish conservatory on the back. So still busy. Your teddies are so nice, how many have you made now? Is your son away at University now, I know he was looking around a while back. I'll hopefully stay in touch now. I have to whizz as I have just bought a garage. Bye for now, take care, love Lynn
At 2:38am on November 23, 2010, Lynn Blake said…
Hi Dawn, sorry I lost touch with you, I had to change my email address and everything on my old computer is currently up in the roof space. So, this is my new email address: lynnblake@talktalk.net.
Hope you are ok? It looks as if you have been very busy with your knitting, the teddies are so cute, someone is going to get a nice surprise and new friend with these. Bye for now Lynn
At 8:52pm on September 4, 2010, Julia Dee said…
Yes it was nice to see my jumpers in the photographs. The first of my things I have seen in a picture on the site. I am doing hats at the moment....I am a bit "squared out" !!!!!! so having looked at the Wish List thought I would do some hats for a change.
At 9:54pm on August 26, 2010, Christine Johnson said…
Hi Dawn
I saw on the wish list thread that you are concerned that your parcels have not arrived. On a quick glance down the squares lists I saw that your name appears on 21.6.10 : 4 Beanies 7 squares and on 16.7.10 1 sweater and 45 squares so your items are getting there.
Ronda never lists items other than knitting but when the new system is up and running shortly we will be able to see exactly what has arrived. If you have a printer you will be able to print off a label with a bar-code and receive an email as soon as the packet arrives in South Africa. The system is being trialled and seems to be working so it shouldn't be long before it's operational. Then if you keep a note of what is in each package you will know precisely what has reached its destination.
Knitting needles do cost a lot to send and I have found that although one can frequently buy them cheaply in charity-shops I usually only buy non-metallic ones and only send about one pair per package. Even then it makes it a bit obvious that there is something other than knitting in the parcel. Although it incurs duty I try and send the occasional box and so far everything has arrived. I'm sure your items are arriving and there should be some new lists on the site soon according to Sandy.
At 7:18pm on August 26, 2010, Lynn Blake said…
Hello Dawn, I've been thinking about you and wondering how you were, hope you're good?? I'm fine and moving to the bungalow this weekend. It's far from finished, but, all the essentials done, the rest is things like building the porch, extension and other odds and ends. We have had awful weather for at least 6 weeks, more wet than dry and recently the strong winds too. I've had my 4 grandsons home from Germany, which was lovely. but now I am looking forward in a week or two to being able to settle and get back to my crafts. Having a few days on the Isle of Wight in September, so hopefully will be ready to go with knitting in the Autumn.
Which University did your son go for in the end, or is he still going to Leeds?? Have a great week, great to hear from you. Lynn xx
At 3:27am on August 16, 2010, Julia Dee said…
Dawn you are so lucky to be given wool again. I did manage to get six 100gram balls DK with wool content yesterday reduced by 75p a ball.
I think the little slippers would be good to send that you made and they would be another good way of using up bits of leftover colours.
At 4:43am on July 20, 2010, Julia Dee said…
Hello Dawn...I knitted the "little squares" as one square. I use two strands of DK wool 30 stitches 54 rows works as an 8x8 square for my knitting. So I do 10 stitches of three different colours for 18 rows then change to three different colours 3x10 stitches for the next 18 rows then another 3 colours x 10 stitches for the final 18 rows. They are a really good way if you have lots of bits left and get bored with doing striped squares....just a warning the worst thing is sewing in all the ends!!!!!!!!!!
At 9:50pm on July 4, 2010, Julia Dee said…
Hello Dawn.. I am 7 miles from the Border so I am a frequent visitor to Scotland. I am really looking forward to meeting the other KAS members. I am going to SA to do things I did not have time to do last year as I went for the one day series for the cricket. I love the country and the people. I save every air mile I can for the trips. This time just concentrating on the Garden Route and then two weeks in Cape Town. I am hoping to do some volunteer work there in the future....Keep knitting those squares!
At 6:10am on July 4, 2010, Lynn Blake said…
Hi Dawn
I am so sorry for not replying to your last mail, I just see to live, breathe and sleep "bungalow" at the moment. We are nearing the end but that's all I seem to do these days. I have painted the exterior walls of the place over the last two weeks and now working on the second bedroom. I haven't done much of anything else, including my ironing or housework in this house. We intend to move around August 12th as I have someone interested in renting my house.
I haven't heard anything about the wool at Poundstretcher, I don't think there is one in Cornwall. I know years ago I bought wool from the store in Sheffield and also Southampton, it was very nice yarn to work with. So you are making the squares for the challenge, I've made about 10, but because I don't get any time at the moment, I pay the donation instead just now. Maybe that'll change when I have more time.
Hope your squares grow very quickly. Love Lynn
At 5:29am on July 4, 2010, Linda Simmons said…
That sounds like a nice evening you are going to have I love dressing up when you get the chance.

We have had some interest in the French house, there aren't the same amount of people looking for houses the same as in the UK. It will take a little while fingers crossed.


I am making an outfit at the moment for our renewing of vows on the 24th July it is our silver wedding anniversary so the needles are away for a little while, but will catch up soon.

Take care and have a lovely evening you must be so proud of your son.

Love Lindax
At 11:33pm on July 3, 2010, Julia Dee said…
Hello Dawn... baby bears are on hold at the moment as I am only making squares after the request on the site. I would still like to make a batch that would arrive in SA in time for Christmas but sending them surface mail I think they will have to be dispatched by the end of October to get there in time.The annoying thing is I fly out there on 23rd November but just passing through J'borg airport on route to Port Elizabeth then Cape Town it is a pity I could not take a large bag of things to drop off. Hopefully if we can knit enough squares for the June/July/August challenge it will leave me Sept and Oct to knit the bears. I am going to meet Jeni and Diane from the "Stitch for Scotland" group next month as we are going to see the Soweto Gospel Choir in Edinburgh. Looking forward to meeting them and hopefully Jeni will show me how to crochet better!!!
At 7:20am on June 27, 2010, Julia Dee said…
Hello Dawn.
A couple of people have told me about some wool in Poundstrecher so I am going to have a look whilst I am out on Monday. There is a "Pound" shop near to there as well, though I have not seen any wool in the past but you never know.
At 9:54pm on June 19, 2010, Julia Dee said…
Hi Dawn
Well done with the felting it is something I have never done. It could be useful for motifs on squares etc. I confess I have bought some felt squares to do motifs on the blankets. I am going to attempt to put felt lions and elephants on my next blanket....just need to make a suitable template.
I have "brought my teddies to life" by stuffing them. I have done the South African footballer wrong as he has a yellow top and green shorts but I gave him white socks and they should have been yellow. I will get the next one right.......Happy knitting ..Julia
At 11:05pm on June 12, 2010, Linda Simmons said…
Wow that sounds good Dawn I haven't attempted felting not sure it is for me but you make it sound very easy, is it the high temperature that makes it all matt together?

I get the bright coloured wools from QD they are 100g balls for £1.99 they certainly stand out.

I am in Normadie near a town called Pont Audermer, unfortunately we are in the process of selling the house as my health is to much for all the travelling and we have an acre of land which is now to much for my husband to up keep and look after me, we will do something else not sure what yet but will wait and see.

Hope your cat sitting goes well.

Take care.

Love Linda.x
At 4:39am on June 10, 2010, Julia Dee said…
Hello Dawn
Thank you for the information. There is one of these stores in Gateshead I am going there next week so will have a look. I have been using "Rock-a-bye baby". They have a site online and post the wool out. They have very good prices...though nearly all their wool is branded names which tend to be more expensive. I ordered 30 100g balls yesterday so that is now earmarked for more squares for blankets, bits left will go into the "teddy" bits bag. A friend was here for coffee this morning and was laughing at my "flat" teddies. I had knitted four towards my batch for Christmas for the children but have put them to one side to concentrate on the squares. They all need "stuffing" so do look a bit funny I suppose...Keep your needles clicking ! ... Julia
At 9:36pm on June 7, 2010, Lynn Blake said…
HI DAWN
ONCE AGAIN I HAVE LOST YOUR MAIL TO ME, AND I CAN'T REALLY REMEMBER WHAT YOU SAID OTHER THAN THAT YOU ARE USING UP YOUR BITS FOR TEDDIES.
AS USUAL I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE BUNGALOW, PAINTING, PAINTING AND MORE PAINTING. TRYING TO GET THE OUTSIDE DONE BUT THE WEATHER HAS CHANGED SO THAT'LL BE A DAY OR TWO BEFORE I CAN START.
I LOVE YOUR SAIL BOAT SQUARES, THEY ARE SUPER. IN FACT EVERYTHING YOU MAKE IS GREAT. I'VE JUST GOT SOME CHARTS FOR SQUARES FROM EBAY, BUT KNITTING PLAIN CHUNKY SQUARES AT THE MOMENT. I THINK THAT'S ABOUT IT FROM ME AT THE MOMENT, WILL HOPE TO HAVE MORE NEWS NEXT TIME. LOVE LYNN
PS HAVE A GOOD WEEK!
At 4:41am on June 7, 2010, Julia Dee said…
Hello Dawn... I am nearly at the end of my "bag of bits". Like you some of it is thin, even the DK so I have been knitting it up double so that the blankets will be a bit thicker. I have been on The Aldi site to see if they had that wool listed. I will try and email them to see if they have any stock left anywhere as it has knitted up so well and is nice and thick. I have nearly finished another blanket, 6x4, due to the request for more squares. I will have a look whilst I am out tomorrow to see If I can find some more Aran grade wool.

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